BScApp(Optom), GradCertOcTher, BScApp(HMS), P/G BscHons, FBCLA
Mark has a private practice in Teneriffe (formerly in New Farm) QLD with a clinical focus on specialty contact lenses for the complex cornea. He is one of the providers for RGP and scleral contact lenses for those patients in Queensland on the public corneal graft list. He has a very close working relationship with Brisbane’s leading ophthalmologists and corneal specialists co-managing many eye conditions.
He is a QUT graduate and has completed the graduate certificate in ocular therapeutics. Additionally he is an Exercise Physiologist with an undergraduate degree in applied science (Human Movement Studies) and postgraduate bachelor of science honours (Exercise Physiology) from the University of Queensland. In this space his focus and area of research was on elite cyclists and triathletes. Mark still competes but is now self confessed old and slow.
He is a fellow of the British contact lens association. Mark has been involved with QUT School of Optometry specialty contact lens clinics and part of the 4th year specialty contact lens lecture program since 2004 and has received the QUT vice chancellor’s award for excellence for teaching in 2010 and 2013.
In addition he presents lectures on specialty contact lens applications for the complex cornea, keratoconus, post grafts, ocular surface disease and other corneal complications. He presents regularly for contact lens industry and in his own right at national and international conferences, is involved in clinical trials with pre-release lenses and products, consults to industry as a KOL, and is a referee for Clinical and Experimental Optometry.
As one of the largest prescribers in Australia for SynergEyes hybrid contact lenses in 2018 he has joined their professional services team for Australia and New Zealand. With corneal cross linking obtaining a Medicare item number in May 2018 the UltraHealth hybrid contact lenses has proven to be even more popular with patients with mild keratoconus being stopped in its tracks. In 2018 he has the first sMap 3D anterior eye fluorescence based structured light topographer in Australia. We can now map 22mm of the anterior eye with free-form scleral lenses with individual sagittal height measurements every 2.5 degrees up to 1 million individual data points. Comfort and vision with hyper oxygen (Acuity 200) materials is possible.
For all of these reasons, he is sent complex cases from all over Queensland and New South Wales and takes great joy out of giving back the sight that corneal disease has taken away.
With the ever increasing prevalence of myopia he has a dedicated myopia clinic. He has invested heavily in this space with Zeiss IOL Master and OCT biometry to measure the length of the eye in paediatric patients. Myopia is the eye growing which causes a far greater risk of pathology later in life in addition to the function challenges of this refractive error. We have access to myopia control ortho-k and soft contact lens designs in addition to off-label hybrid lenses.
General optometry still plays a large role in everyday practice and Mark takes meticulous care to ensure every aspect of the eye is taken care of from the spectacle prescription to the optimal lens selection. It is this personal touch and attention to every individual patient’s needs that sets us apart.
When Mark is not working he is either spending time with his family, competitive road and criterion cycling or surfing.